HOPEWELL, Va. (CBS/WTVR) A 19-year-old Virginia man is accused of using the state's sex offender registry to harass a registered sex offender, chase him down, and then strike him with his vehicle.
Daniel Narron of Hopewell was arrested Friday and charged with attempted murder and attempted malicious wounding by mob for the Oct. 16 incident, according to CBS affiliate WTVR.
Narron is also charged with hit-and-run driving and misuse of the sex offender registry, reports the The Richmond Times-Dispatch.
According to police, Narron spotted the registered sex offender in a local convenience store, reports WTVR. Narron, who was accompanied by three other men, approached the man, and began to harass him about being a sex offender, Sgt. Thomas Molnar told the newspaper.
The sex offender tried to flee the scene on his moped, the station reported, but police say Narron pursued him in an SUV. As the moped approached an intersection, Narron allegedly struck the man with his vehicle and fled the scene.
The injured man asked Virginia State Police to investigate, according to the Times-Dispatch.
"From my understanding, Narron knew who this person was based information...previously obtained from the web site," Molnar told the newspaper. "Narron recognized him as a registered sex offender."
"The public web site is out there for the public to use for informational purposes," Molnar said. "But Narron went above and beyond that. He took the information that he received from the web site and harassed this guy based on him being a sex offender."
Narron claims he did not specifically target the man before encountering him
for the first time at the convenience store.
Molnar said the case is only the fourth time that police have charged someone with misusing information from Virginia's Sex Offender registry, which is a Class 1 misdemeanor.